Guest Columns

George A. Bowers: Children who will never be president

George Bowers Sr.

January 20, 2017

Yesterday half our nation rejoiced when a new president was sworn into office while the other half mourned. Although many are disgusted with the new leader, this is not the first time nor is it likely the last. We do pray for healing and unity in our land and that our leaders and media both will work together toward that end.

George A. Bowers Sr.: What shoveling, forgiving have in common

George Bowers Sr.

January 13, 2017

We’ve had our first snowfall of the New Year here in the Valley, and if all the rest are like the first one, we should be in good shape. Aside from a few minor fender benders and school cancellations, we escaped relatively unscathed. I’m also thankful that I didn’t have to break out the snow shovels as I was able to move the dusting with my broom.

George Bowers Sr.: The importance of turning right

George Bowers Sr.

January 6, 2017

Every morning when I leave my home to head to work, I have to turn right out of my driveway onto Sherman Road. It may not seem like a very big deal and by now it has become a habit, but the necessity of doing so each day is still important. Even if I turn right most days of the week, but decide not to on Fridays, my trip and my travel time will be impacted.

Richard Hoover: Why did officer wear a turban in his portrait?

Thomas Reynell

January 2, 2017

Let’s try and bring him to life– this turbaned fellow bought from a Brit on eBay in 2004. The description was almost poetic: “a bust portrait (18″ in diameter) of a man wearing a turban. He has a young face with a soft expression and the colors are warm and rich. The white turban is highlighted while the background is dark. A very beautiful portrait.”

George Bowers Sr.: Make room for Jesus at Christmas

George Bowers Sr.

December 23, 2016

We’ve probably all heard the disappointing words before: “there’s no room.” It may have been a full car heading to a party or ball game or it could have been the exclusive club or fraternity that wasn’t accepting new members. In other instances, it might not have come in those exact words, but the message was essentially the same when we failed to make the team or squad. It could have been the overcrowded restaurant you had set your palate on, but had to settle for something less. For still others, it was the neon “No Vacancy” sign at the motel or campground you hoped to stay in for the night, but had to keep driving till you found one with openings.

Jason Wright: Always together in everything they did

Jason Wright

December 23, 2016

Larry and Sharon Corsini began their 54-year love affair in 1962 at a movie theater in Idaho Falls. Sharon was selling tickets when the handsome Larry, a Massachusetts transplant, caught her eye and her heart. They were married that same year.

George Bowers Sr.: Is there an elf on your shelf?

George Bowers Sr.

December 16, 2016

One of the more popular children’s gifts in the last few years has been the Elf on the Shelf. This money maker involves a storybook and doll combo that has recently expanded to include additional accessories that mines even deeper into our wallets. In addition to the Christmas version, birthday variations of the nosey gnome are also now available.

George Bowers Sr.: Salt’s preserving influence

George Bowers Sr.

December 2, 2016

Today marks the end of another rifle season for deer here in the Shenandoah Valley. Although there is a late muzzleloading season yet to come, if a deer has escaped his hunters thus far, he has fairly good odds of surviving another year if he can avoid the automobiles in the meantime.

Tom Crosby: 2017 Kia Sorento SXL has luxury in abundance

Tom Crosby

December 1, 2016

Kia’s Sorento, a big mid-size crossover SUV that received a major makeover last year, has added technological advances and safety features this year to help boost sales in a red-hot SUV sales market fueled by yearlong low gas prices.